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This War Of Mine Is One Of The Most Realistic War Games Ever Made

Like it or not, video games like Call of Duty and Battlefield ultimately paint a pretty glorious picture of war. In the world created by these games, there's no problem that can't be solved with enough bullets and raw machismo. We've seen a few games in recent days that try to take a more mature look at the horrors of war - like Spec Ops: The Line - but very few titles that actually bother to look at things from the perspective not of a soldier, but a civilian.

See, the truth is, soldiers aren't the ones who suffer most from armed conflict. It's ordinary men and women who struggle to survive after their lives are uprooted by the people with the guns, tanks, and planes. Most war games tend to completely ignore these people in favor of more gun-toting heroics. 

Development Studio 11 Bit Games decided it's high time someone gave these people their fair shake. To that end, they're developing This War Of Mine, which might well be the first war game in existence that focuses on civilians rather than soldiers. You are not one of the soldiers, you're one of the innocents caught in the crossfire of war. You're just trying to survive. 

Since the game is still very much in its conceptual stages, there's no real word on how it's going to play. All we know is that it's going to be a survival game where players control a group of civilians trying to stay alive in a besieged city. During the day, travel will be impossible, as snipers will take down anyone who steps outside their refuge. This offers players a chance to craft, trade, upgrade their shelter, and feed/cure your people. When night rolls around, survivors can scavenge nearby areas in search of food, medicine, weaponry, and other items. 

Of course, that's only the most basic of gameplay information. Players will have to make a whole host of different life-and-death decisions, living forever with the consequences. For example, a player might be forced to choose between trying to protect everyone in their shelter from the army or sacrificing a few to ensure their group's continued survival.

Inspired by real-life events, This War of Mine Will, says lead designer Michal Drozdowski, confront players with an uncomfortable truth. The message of the game, ultimately, is a simple one: "This can happen in your city, in your country."

"While designing a new game," he continued, "we came across an article that described how one man survived in a besieged city. We learned about his hardships and the horror of that experience. We decided to work around this idea and make something real, something that moves people and make them think for a second. It's about time that games, just like any other art form, start talking about important things."

Far too many first person shooters whitewash the horrors of war, focusing on Rambo-esque protagonists and explosive, gun-toting action. To many of the developers of these titles, it's more about the fight than the fallout. This War of Mine aims to change that, and to confront all the war game enthusiasts out there with another side of their narrative which is all too often forgotten.

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Nicholas Greene
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